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ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Local officials operating a new temporary warming shelter in New Hampshire are looking to make the temporary fixture permanent.

Life-threatening cold weather prompted the conversion of part of the Rochester Community Center into the area’s only 24-hour warming station. Foster’s Daily Democrat reports more than two dozen people have utilized the shelter since it opened last Thursday.

Tri-City Co-Op’s Don McCullough and SOS Recovery Community Organization’s Elizabeth Atwood are the two social service officials credited with beginning the citywide collaboration that created the shelter. They both say early success is validating for current discussions to make the shelter a recurring fixture during winter cold snaps.

An operational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning to discuss the future of the shelter.


Information from: Foster’s Daily Democrat,